Pelican Wire is contributing to the fight against COVID-19.
Pelican Wire donates wire for face masks
In an effort to contribute directly to the fight against COVID-19, Pelican Wire
has donated a large quantity of precision wire to ZSK
, an embroidery equipment manufacturer that specializes in technical embroidery for putting wires and nonstandard materials into fabrics. Bendshape
, a wearable electronics company, is also a development partner in this project with ZSK, who is taking the lead on production. While remaining open as an ‘Essential Business’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pelican Wire has been manufacturing numerous custom wire solutions for other ‘Essential’ business partners in key industries but was particularly pleased to join in a ‘front-line cause’ as this project offered.
Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation awards scholarships
Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation has awarded Taylor Sorrell with its Albert Mangini Memorial Scholarship of the Local Scholarship Fund. Sorrell plans to pursue a degree in biological engineering from Purdue and return to Southwest Florida to work on preventing diseases in crops. Juanita Guerrero received the Rose DiBiasi Tribute Scholarship of the Foundation’s Local Scholarship Fund. Guerrero is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in degree in nursing at Florida SouthWestern State College. Britney Garcia and Sandra Gregorio-Matias received the first Laura A. Candris Scholarships. Garcia will begin at Florida State University (FSU) this summer majoring in clinical professions. Gregorio-Matais will also attend FSU and wants to become a doctor. The Foundation has a Named Scholarship Opportunity for a minimum donation of $1,500 to its Local Scholarship Fund. For more information, click here
Naples Motorsports hosting vehicle sanitizing event with proceeds benefiting NCH
Naples Motorsports in partnership with John Demertzis, LPL Financial and Ultimate Garages is offering community members the chance to sanitize their vehicles from COVID-19. The Naples Motorsports’ fogging machine sanitizes vehicles from a week to 10 days. A $25 minimum donation per vehicle is suggested for this first-come, first-served event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Naples Motorsports, 1250 Airport-Pulling Road. S. in East Naples. All proceeds raised from this fundraising event will benefit the NCH Healthcare System Nursing Education Program. Event organizers will be adhering to Florida Department of Health and CDC guidelines for physical distancing and other protection protocols to ensure the public’s safety during this event.
2020 Parade of Parents
Village School of Naples honors teachers with ‘Parade of Parents’
The Village School of Naples
recently honored its more than 100 faculty and staff members by hosting a “Parade of Parents” during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Organized by the Parent Association, the event gave students and their families the opportunity to show their love and support for their teachers with a beep of the horn and wave. More than 200 decorated vehicles participated, winding around the campus parking lot drive-thru lane. The school’s faculty and staff, in adherence to socially distancing guidelines, were lined up six feet apart from one another, in order of division (Preschool, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School).
St. Matthew’s House continues to feed families in need at new distribution site
St. Matthew’s House fed 451 families on Tuesday during its continuously scheduled food drives amid COVID-19. St. Matthew’s House hosted another food drive from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday at its new food distribution site at First Baptist Church of Naples at 3000 Orange Blossom Drive. The Harry Chapin Food Bank truck arrives each morning at about 10 a.m. for the food drive, dropping off 10-15,000 pounds of food, much of which is fresh produce. Then a small army of volunteers, some out of work themselves, form an assembly line and organize and pack the food onto tables in two rows before each family arrives to get about $75-$100 worth of food.
Southwest Florida couple donates 125,000 to the American Heart Association
Paul and Barbie Hills, a Southwest Florida couple, donated $125,000 to the American Heart Association as a challenge to others in the community to offer what they can. The Hills are passionate about the research of the American Heart Association that focuses on Congenital Heart Defects and the organization’s Heart Heroes program, a supportive group for our youngest heroes battling heart conditions. The Heart Heroes program is a centerpiece of the upcoming Virtual Heart Ball on June 5, where the Hills couple hopes their gift will be matched several times over. You can join the movement by donating
or joining them on June 5 at the SWFL Virtual Heart Ball